Academic Affairs Committee 2008-09

Membership (2008-2009)

  1. Vice-President and Principal
    Professor Ian Orchard
  2. Vice Principal Academic
    Professor Gage Averill
  3. Vice Principal Research and Vice-Dean, Graduate
    Prof. Ulli Krull
  4. Chair of Council
    Prof. Anthony Wensley
  5. Chief Librarian
    Mary Ann Mavrinac
  6. Registrar
    Diane Crocker
  7. Teaching Staff (15 - one member from each department or interdisciplinary unit)
    Anthropology - Prof. Jack Sidnell
    Biology - Prof. Angela Lange - CHAIR
    Chemical & Physical Sciences - Prof. Judith Poë
    Economics - Prof. Gueorgui Kambourov
    English & Drama - Prof. Nancy Copeland
    French, German & Italian - Prof. Claude Evans
    Geography - Prof. Scott Munro
    Historical Studies - Prof. Andreas Bendlin
    Institute of Communication & Culture - Prof. Nicholas Woolridge
    Management - Prof. Sergio Meza
    Mathematical & Computer Sciences - Prof. Konstantin Khanin
    Philosophy - Prof. Bernard Katz
    Political Science - Prof. Mark Lippincott
    Psychology - Prof. Robert Gerlai
    Sociology - Prof. Cynthia Cranford
  8. Full-Time Undergraduate Students (5)
    Ranjanalingam Camalalingam
    Hassan Chaudhary
    Shamini Eswarakumar
    Aly-Khan Madhavji
    Vacant (1)
  9. Part-Time Undergraduate Students (2)
    Raza Ali
    Sameer Masood
  10. Administrative Staff member of Council (1)
    Joan McCurdy-Myers
  11. Graduate Student member of Council (2)
    Katya Poloz
    Reese Arh
  12. Assessor Members (Chairs of Subcommittees)
    Academic Appeals Board - Professor Gordon Anderson
    Library - Professor Hugh Gunz
    Humanities Curriculum - Professor Robert Johnson
    Sciences Curriculum - Professor Robert Reisz
    Social Sciences Curriculum - Professor Gary Crawford
    Graduate Curriculum - Professor Jack Sidnell (<-- needs updating)


Terms of Reference (from the UTM By-Laws)

The Academic Affairs Committee is responsible for consideration of policy in the academic area and for monitoring matters within its area of responsibility. In general, the Committee is concerned with matters affecting the teaching, learning and research functions of UTM. The Committee shall make recommendations to the Vice-President and Principal on issues and matters within its purview, and will approve, with Executive Committee confirmation as needed, recommendations within its areas of authority.

Areas of Responsibility & Delegated Authority

  1. Admissions Policies & Practices
    Minor changes to individual programs or to practices and policies are normally approved by the Academic Affairs Committee for recommendation for approval by Governing Council. New policies and practices or amendments to existing ones which will affect the campus-wide academic community will be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee and forwarded to the Executive Committee for confirmation, subject to the approval of Governing Council.
  2. Awards & Scholarships
    The establishment, termination or major amendment of policies on student awards will be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee and forwarded to the Executive Committee for confirmation. Any minor amendments to the same may be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee.
  3. Academic Regulations
    Changes to academic regulations and other matters affecting the UTM academic calendar will be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee and forwarded to the Executive Committee for confirmation.
  4. Academic Program Proposals
    Academic program proposals forwarded from the Curriculum Subcommittees will be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee and forwarded to the Executive Committee for confirmation. All major changes within existing academic programs, and academic program proposals which involve new academic directions for UTM, will be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee, endorsed by the Executive Committee, and then forwarded to Council for confirmation, subject to the approval of Governing Council.
  5. Policy on Academic Services
    Policy matters with respect to academic services (such as the Library) fall within the terms of reference of the Academic Affairs Committee. Such policies will be approved by the Committee and forwarded to the Executive Committee for confirmation.
  6. Monitorial Responsibilities
    The Academic Affairs Committee is responsible for monitoring academic matters as may be required by general policy, as specified herein, or by resolution of the Executive Committee or by the Council. The Committee receives annual reports on matters within its purview, including reports on the following: Reviews of academic units and programs; The Office of the Registrar; Research and Graduate activities; Continuing Education; Academic Discipline & Academic Appeals; Library services.

Membership

  • 1 Chair of Council
  • 1 Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (non-voting, ex officio)
  • 1 Vice-President and Principal
  • 1 Vice-Principal, Academic
  • 1 Vice-Dean, Graduate
  • 1 Vice-Principal, Research
  • 1 Registrar
  • 1 Chief Librarian of UTM
  • 1 member of the administrative staff who is a member of the Council
  • 1 member of the teaching staff from each Department and interdisciplinary unit
  • 2 part-time undergraduate student members of the Council elected by and from the part-time undergraduate members of Council
  • 2 graduate student members of the Council elected by and from the graduate members of Council
  • 5 full-time undergraduate student members of the Council elected by and from the full-time undergraduate members of Council
  • Chairs of Subcommittees (assessors)

Election of Members
Non ex-officio members shall be elected in the Fall from the elected and appointed members of Council by the members of Council in their constituency for a term of two (2) years where possible, with the exception of full-time undergraduate students and graduate students, who shall be elected for a term of one (1) year.

Chair
A Chair shall be elected by the Committee from the non ex-officio, teaching staff members of the Committee and shall serve for a period of two years. A member elected by the Committee for a two-year term as Chair shall have his/her membership on the Committee extended by one year if such is necessary to complete his/her term as Chair.

Secretary
The Secretary of the Council shall act as the Secretary for the Committee.

Subcommittees

  1. Humanities Curriculum
  2. Sciences Curriculum
  3. Social Sciences Curriculum
  4. Graduate Curriculum
  5. Academic Appeals Board
  6. Advisory Committee to the UTM Library